Contact: Laurent Chauvaud (LEMAR)

The Associated International Laboratory BeBEST focuses on coastal ecology and is situated between the engineering sciences and the environmental sciences. BeBEST’s main objective is to conduct an integrated approach aimed at proposing new concepts in coastal ecology, to develop the analytical tools for testing them, and to implement them to study ecosystems that are inherently contrasting. To do this, BeBEST relies on the close collaboration between 2 institutes, French (INEE) and Quebec (ISMER), and their partner networks, and is part of the Institut Maritime France-Québec with the support of CNRS and UBO, and pool the research resources, know-how and training capacities of two research groups, Canadian (ISMER-UQAR, Rimouski) and French (IUEM-UBO, LEMAR – Brest). BeBEST is built around 4 workshops:     

Workshop 1. Sensor development (eco-technology workshop).     

Workshop 2. Ecogeochemical workshop.     

Workshop 3. Identification and calibration of environmental proxies.     

Workshop 4. Natural and anthropogenic constraints on benthic biodiversity and on the structure and functioning of coastal systems.

In addition to these workshops, there is a cross-cutting approach to the development of numerical methods in marine ecology. And in an original way BeBEST brings together private companies but also a group of artists all participating in polar missions or sub-Arctic.

The LIA BeBEST has been renewed in 2021 as an IRP (International Research Project) BeBEST 2 for a period of 5 years.

For more information, the website LIA BeBEST